Hike-in Required
Potable water
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The Gold Butte Fire Lookout is the perfect rustic cabin for a getaway. Its somewhat isolated location at the end of a secured access road and trail ensures solitude. The expected expansive, mountain views can cause one to feel utterly insignificant in this vast wilderness. At 4,618 feet and lying just several miles away from Mount Jefferson as the crow flies, there are exclusive views to be had. Mount Hood to the north and the Three Sisters to the south are also visible on a clear day, along with the peaks in between. At night, expect prime star viewing conditions with the ideal lack of light pollution.

The lookout was built in 1935 and usually staffed by a husband and wife couple. During World War II it was used as part of the Aircraft Warning System to spot enemy aircraft. The lookout fell into disrepair and was eventually restored by several volunteers and reopened to the public for rental in 2007. Volunteers continue to maintain this unique lookout, and their commitment to its condition is obvious in the construction.

Basic amenities are found including a stocked wood shed for the indoor wood-burning stove, a composting outhouse, a twin sized mattress, two additional fold-out cots, a propane stove (gas not included), as well as other various games, books, and miscellaneous supplies left by other guests. 

Note: Seek clarification with the Forest Service for the gate lock combination; the reservation system has sent out incorrect gate codes in the past.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round


Open from

June 27 to October 15

Price per night



Expansive panoramic wilderness views. Official historic structure. Short 1-mile hike. Solitude.


Rough access roads. High-clearance vehicle required. Steep 1-mile hike. No water source. No outdoor fires allowed.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Sand Mountain Society in Collaboration with the Forest Service


Wood stove
Firewood provided


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